The four-legged Olympics

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:00 03/08/2012

Welcome to coverage of the Pet Games, a dazzling event featuring cute animals, breathtaking feats of athletic prowess, and super-slo-mo high-definition puns. We promise there'll be no ad breaks, though it might be necessary for officials to interrupt competition in order to pick up poo.

Maggie is a long-distance specialist, namely the 200 Metres Lollop for Terriers.

Maggie

McKenzie, Maggie's main rival in that event, was seen warming up this morning. Meanwhile, in the Modern Pigtathlon, Piggy Muldoon took gold after a strong finish in the final event, Crying Wee Wee All the Way Home. He needed to do well, after losing many valuable points in the Not Having Roast Beef section of the event.

McKenzie

Piggy Muldoon

Crossing now to the swimming, some competitors turned out early to check preparations at the aquatic centre.

Foster kittens

Echo and Annie were in a close finish in the pool, with Echo winning by a whisker.

Echo and Annie

In rhythmic gymnastics, Micci started as the competitor to beat...

Micci

...then Cloud took the lead. Nobody knew how to catch, much less pin down, Cloud.

Cloud

Coco raised the bar with a reflection-chasing routine. Dymka, even at full stretch, couldn't match that flair.

Coco

Dymka

Eventually, the gold medal was awarded to the cat-shaped blur where Inle used to be.

Inle

Artistic gymnastics now, and flawless performances were seen in the floor exercise from Maddie and Riley...

Maddie

Riley

...but the day brought disappointment for some competitors.

Gemma's cat

On the horizontal bar, Amber was supreme...

Amber

Marshall gained points for interpretation, but was eliminated in a rules scandal after making performance-enhancing goo-goo eyes at a judge.

Marshall

Winner on the balance beam was Mirabelle, who executed the Latynina Sprawl with its degree of difficulty of not-very-much-point-two-five.

Mirabelle

Two South Korean competitors staged a sit-in after a timekeeping controversy.

Diana's cats

We now cross to Nitro and Poppy, on the rings.

Nitro and Poppy

Flash roared through the steeplechase.

Flash

In wrestling, Pequeno and Tigre were locked in a struggle of such frightening intensity that several spectators required medical assistance.

Pequeno and Tigre

Meanwhile, Mila and Pearl gave no quarter in their match. (A recent rule change permitting the licking of a rival's ear was contentious, but the sport's governing body decided that it was in the Graeco-Roman spirit.)Mila and Pearl

In weightlifting, the German favourite failed to manage a legal lift, so went for a lie-down instead.

Evelien's dog

Synchronised bag-occupying failed to take off.

Zeb

As always, New Zealand's equestrians rose to the occasion. We can always rely on them.

Jazz, Murphy and Pebbles

But what a medal-hungry nation is really waiting for is the introduction of Sevens at the Olympics. Gold, easy.

Piggies

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49 comments
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Briony   #1   08:08 am Aug 03 2012

What a crack up! Loved todays Furry Friday xxx Thanks for the giggles!

Pickles   #2   08:12 am Aug 03 2012

Awesome photos and best captions - EVER!! My favourite today would have to be Riley! So cute doing his floor exercise in the sun like that!!

Maggie FTW   #3   08:15 am Aug 03 2012

Hands down Maggie... she makes my heart melt! How friggen cute!

Elizabeth   #4   08:15 am Aug 03 2012

One of your best - I am still giggling. Thank you

Lizt   #5   08:16 am Aug 03 2012

Fabulous Furry Friday and the commentary deserves a gold medal as well.

Jess   #6   08:22 am Aug 03 2012

Best pet blog ever! Thanks for making me smile this morning. My favourite is Marshall - My baby looks at me the same way.

Victoria   #7   08:25 am Aug 03 2012

My cats twin is in this group..Poppy looks identical to my cat Ruby. Crazy! Awesome set today :)

Kt   #8   08:25 am Aug 03 2012

Loving the wit today, keep it up!

viffer   #9   08:49 am Aug 03 2012

Well done, Nick - very entertaining!

Gee   #10   08:51 am Aug 03 2012

Super fantastic Nick! Best captions ever!


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